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Third Party Candidates and the Third Presidential Debate

Gary Johnson 2016


Oct. 19, 2016, Hollywood, CA -- The following statement was released this evening by Gov. Gary Johnson reacting to tonight’s presidential debate:

“What did we hear? Obama saved the economy, or Obama killed the economy, but we’ll both keep increasing the debt. We both say we believe in free trade, but not the policies that will allow it.  We will both reform taxes by continuing the tinkering to pick winners and losers. We might change the winners and losers, but we’ll still pick them. The option of a tax code that doesn’t manipulate us isn’t on the table. 

On entitlements, once again, the politicians are afraid to tell the truth. Let’s just duck it for another couple of weeks and then it won’t be a problem for us. And on foreign policy, I defy anyone to find a policy on that stage that will make anyone safer, here at home or on the other side of the world. 

But even more fundamentally, we had an entire discussion about ‘fitness for office’, and the responses amounted to which candidate is the real criminal.

America deserves better. The two-party duopoly has brought us here. It’s time to try another way.”

Jill Stein for President
Oct. 21, 2016

Jill Stein Participated in Third Presidential Debate While Hospitalized in Austin, TX

Despite an illness which prevented her from traveling to Las Vegas for the final presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19th, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein livestreamed her responses to the presidential debate questions in real time and held a Facebook Q&A from her hospital room in Austin, Texas, in a two hour-plus Facebook Live session that has reached nearly 3.5 million viewers and rising as her debate commentary went viral on social media.

“Emerging from two days of fabulous hospital care, I feel profoundly fortunate, and am more determined than ever to fight for health care as a human right for all Americans through an improved Medicare for All health insurance program,” Dr. Stein said after being discharged from the hospital on Thursday afternoon. “I am also grateful to all who tuned in on Wednesday evening to hear my responses in a debate that was otherwise shamefully lacking in substance and drenched in deception.”

Dr. Stein, who has had occasional asthma episodes since childhood, had been in remission from the condition for most of her adult life. She has been on the campaign trail since February 2015, the longest of any presidential candidate, and an asthma flare had recently been triggered during a stay in a hotel room with a poor quality ventilation system.

Earlier this week, Dr. Stein developed a fever in addition to her asthma, and was seen Tuesday afternoon at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where she was admitted later in the day and diagnosed with pneumonia. She received exemplary care from the hospital staff, and decided to move forward with her scheduled livestream for the debate on Wednesday night.
Campaign staffers in Las Vegas, who had been preparing for the livestream production, flew out to Austin and set up an impromptu studio in her hospital room, where they inserted her debate responses in real time alongside the broadcast of the mainstream debate. After the debate was over, Dr. Stein stayed online to take questions directly from the American people, and was also interviewed on Democracy Now!’s “Expanding the Debate” special.

Dr. Stein noted: “From Donald Trump’s psychotic self-promotion to Hillary Clinton’s toxic war mongering, so many Americans were physically sickened having to listen to the mud-slinging that the presidential debates have come to symbolize. I share with millions of Americans a deep visceral disgust towards the political wasteland being forced on the nation by a media blackout that silences the alternative politics of integrity that the American people are craving.”

“The Stein/Baraka campaign is the antidote to this political sickness being shoved down our throats,” she continued. “As Donald Trump continues to implode, and the Republican leadership merges with the Clinton campaign, it is more critical than ever that we must create an alternative political party for everyday, working people, that is not controlled by the bankers and billionaires. Don’t throw your vote away on a failed two party system that’s throwing you under the bus. Invest your vote in a real movement for change.”

“What Dr. Stein did on Wednesday, despite her illness, was nothing short of heroic,” commented Stein/Baraka campaign manager David Cobb. “Her incredible stamina, and her dedication to giving voice to the needs of the American people and putting forward a vision for a better society in this election, is an inspiration to me, our staff, and our supporters all over the country who are fighting for the greater good.”

The video of Dr. Stein’s debate responses and Q&A is featured on her Facebook page at:

Dr. Stein was discharged from the hospital on Thursday afternoon. Her next scheduled appearance will be on Friday, October 21st, for a town hall hosted by the Young Turks at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles.


October 20, 2016 fundraising email...

Dear {---},

Last night, across the Internet, Jill Stein - a woman of true substance and integrity - stood up and showed America what a real president looks like. She once again proved that there is no reason to “hold your nose and vote Hillary” or “stay at home because Bernie is gone.”

Here are some notable quotes:

“The answer to our problems - war, immigration, security, economy, climate change, etc. is - we’ve got to stop causing the problems in the first place.”

“A friend of Wall Street is not who we need to put into the White House...remember who got the economy into the mess it’s in right now.”

“If we, as a country, can bail out Wall Street with its waste, fraud and abuse, then we need to bail out the students who are the future of this country.”

Jill and the Green Party are engaged, with you in the hard work of revolution

“Speaking truth to power” - to political parties, the military, the corporate media, predatory financial institutions - is at the heart of Jill's platform. And that’s exactly what she did last night in the debate.

Because of all the explosive media attention both before and after the debates, we’ve made great strides in getting a lot of work done - but there’s so much left to do.

And we are depending on you, our heroic supporters 100%, because...

We are the only
clean-money campaign
and we put people, peace, and planet
over profits!

Our party’s power comes from individuals like you. A total of about 84% of our total contributions have come from people who have given under $200... And of course, we accept NO corporate donations. (Only 17% of Hillary’s donations come from small donors.)

The Green Party is truly a grassroots revolution, a movement for real change, and we’re going to blindside the establishment. They think they’ve shut us down with the media blackout, the Trump circus, and the Hillary ad blitz.  

But last night proved them wrong. Thanks to you, once again, we owned the Internet!

But winning costs money...This battle has hit us hard financially. We’ve watched our pennies while using every opportunity to make the Jill and Ajamu option known to America.

Our expense controls have worked better than expected and we’ve made it to the middle of October. But it has been costly.

Here are the total campaign costs from all debates:
1st debate at Hofstra: $50k
2nd debate(Town Hall) in St. Louis: $35k
3rd debate: $25k
VP debate: $35k
Total cost: $145,000

When we started, we knew that from NOW right up to the election would be the most expensive part of the campaign. And we knew we would be calling on you to help. We need you to act today for the greater good, so Americans don’t have to choose between the lesser of two evils in the establishment candidates.

Our lives literally depend on it. So does the life of our planet, and the future of our children and future generations. YES! I want to act today for the greater good. Here’s my donation.

The world we’re working toward is not a dream. It’s not unattainable. As Jill says…it's in our hands. We have to stand up today, this minute, and fight for the greater good as if our lives depend on it. Because they do.


Gloria Mattera
Campaign Chair

Gary Johnson 2016



Oct. 19, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT --  Govs. Gary Johnson and Bill Weld will be watching the debate and live tweeting tonight.

Gov. Johnson will be watching the debate and tweeting from the studio of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Hollywood, CA.  Gov. Johnson will be a guest on the show as it airs live on ABC, post-debate tonight.

Gov. Weld will be watching the debate and live tweeting from Rapid City in South Dakota, where Gov. Weld is campaigning.

The Governors’ official Twitter accounts: @GovGaryJohnson and @GovBillWeld.

Jill Stein for President ...from facebook

Over 75% of Americans want open debates.

However, the Commission on Presidential Debates, run by former Republican and Democratic party officials, has chosen to exclude Jill Stein from the presidential debates. As we have demonstrated with the previous two debates, this does not stop the Stein/Baraka campaign from speaking truth to power. We have been inserting Jill's responses in each debate and livestreaming it to #BreakTheBlackout. We'll do it again during the third, and final, presidential debate on October 19th.

Where to watch: Don't forget to invite your friends to join.

The livestream, which includes Jill's answers to the debate questions, will be posted to Jill's Facebook. Simply watch on your computer, or hook your computer to your television! Jill's 9pm Eastern livestream will include visual/audio of the corporate Clinton/Trump debate, so that you can watch all in one place.

Nationwide, people are hosting watch parties in their homes, at local community centers or at bars/restaurants, viewing together with other supporters and participating online by posting and tweeting. You can do this too!

5 Easy Steps to Host an Epic Watch Party
1) Start a group text chat or email chain -- decide on location, and make sure the internet connection is good.
2) Make it fun! Maybe pizza or cooking with your friends before? Did someone say cookies?!
3) Tune into our FB page promptly as the livestream starts. Are you in progressive FB groups? Make a list now of as many as you can, and have your friends help to post the livestream to as many pages as you can to #BreakTheBlackout
4) Tweet at us live during the livestream, you know we are watching and you won't want to miss our commentary.
5) Play the healthy "drinking" game and donate $5 every time you hear you hear a lie or every time you hear Donald Trump sniffle!

Who said politics can't be fun?

Visit to find out more information on hosting a watch party.

We also encourage watch parties to participate in the "1 Million Calls for Jill & Ajamu" campaign by phonebanking together before the debate livestream. More info at

Commission on Presidential Debates
October 14, 2016

CPD Invites Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump to Third Presidential Debate

Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2016) - The nonpartisan, non-profit Commission on Presidential Debates ("CPD") announced today that it has applied its Nonpartisan Candidate Selection Criteria for 2016 General Election Debate participation to determine eligibility to participate in the third presidential debate to take place at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Pursuant to the criteria, which were publicly announced on October 29, 2015, those candidates qualify for debate participation who: (1) are constitutionally eligible to hold the office of President of the United States; (2) have achieved ballot access in a sufficient number of states to win a theoretical Electoral College majority in the general election; and (3) have demonstrated a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate, as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations' most recent publicly-reported results.

The Board of Directors of the CPD convened today to apply the criteria. Of the many declared candidates, four candidates presently satisfy the first two criteria: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

With respect to the third criterion, on August 15, 2016, CPD announced the five polls it would rely upon, which were selected with the professional advice of Dr. Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup. The polls were selected based on: the reliable frequency of polling and sample size used by the polling organization; the soundness of the survey methodology employed by the polling organization; and the longevity and reputation of the polling organization. The five selected polls are: ABC-Washington Post; CBS-New York Times; CNN-Opinion Research Corporation; Fox News; and NBC-Wall Street Journal.

With the assistance of Dr. Newport, the Board determined that the polling averages called for in the third criterion are as follows: Hillary Clinton (45.8%), Donald Trump (40.4%), Gary Johnson (7.0%) and Jill Stein (2.2%). Accordingly, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump qualify to participate in the October 19 debate. No other candidates satisfied the criteria for inclusion in the October 19 debate.

The CPD has successfully sponsored the presidential and vice presidential general election debates since 1988. The CPD's planning for the 2016 debates has extended over a period of years and has drawn upon the CPD's now-extensive experience in sponsoring general election debates. CPD announced the five journalists who will moderate those debates: Lester Holt, Elaine Quijano, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper, and Chris Wallace.

The candidates who have qualified to participate today previously have committed to participate in the debates sponsored by the CPD.